Use simple trigonometry to calculate the distance along the flight path from London to Sydney.
Shows that Pythagoras for Spherical Triangles reduces to Pythagoras's Theorem in the plane when the triangles are small relative to the radius of the sphere.
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
If a is the radius of the axle, b the radius of each ball-bearing, and c the radius of the hub, why does the number of ball bearings n determine the ratio c/a? Find a formula for c/a in terms of n.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Find the distance of the shortest air route at an altitude of 6000 metres between London and Cape Town given the latitudes and longitudes. A simple application of scalar products of vectors.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Explore the meaning of the scalar and vector cross products and see how the two are related.
To investigate the relationship between the distance the ruler drops and the time taken, we need to do some mathematical modelling...
Explore the shape of a square after it is transformed by the action of a matrix.
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?
In Fill Me Up we invited you to sketch graphs as vessels are filled with water. Can you work out the equations of the graphs?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?
Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?
Invent scenarios which would give rise to these probability density functions.
Can you make matrices which will fix one lucky vector and crush another to zero?
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?
Go on a vector walk and determine which points on the walk are closest to the origin.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Explore the properties of matrix transformations with these 10 stimulating questions.
See how enormously large quantities can cancel out to give a good approximation to the factorial function.
Explore the meaning behind the algebra and geometry of matrices with these 10 individual problems.
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Explore how matrices can fix vectors and vector directions.
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Can you work out what this procedure is doing?
This is our collection of tasks on the mathematical theme of 'Population Dynamics' for advanced students and those interested in mathematical modelling.
The design technology curriculum requires students to be able to represent 3-dimensional objects on paper. This article introduces some of the mathematical ideas which underlie such methods.
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Looking at small values of functions. Motivating the existence of the Taylor expansion.
How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
10 graphs of experimental data are given. Can you use a spreadsheet to find algebraic graphs which match them closely, and thus discover the formulae most likely to govern the underlying processes?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Use vectors and matrices to explore the symmetries of crystals.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?